France vs. America

Some of you might remember that Reagan tangled with Libya for a while. I want to remind you of a few things. First, we were in a war with terrorism even then, and Libya was at the center of it. Our war in Iraq has virtually eliminated Libya from the picture — but that isn’t my point.

My point is that on April 14, 1986, America launched a military response to Libyan attacks on American citizens. France refused flyover rights to American jets for that attack. They did so because they were making money from Libya, and in doing so endangered both the American pilots by lowering their flexibility in dealing with unexpected situations and Libyan civilians in the same way.

For 20 years, France has been endangering American lives, supporting Islamic terrorism and supporting murderous despots in the pursuit of the Franc. Don’t forget this.

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
— Karl Marx


  1. Neil says:

    Good post.

  2. Michael says:

    What about the shots The French took at Americans during the landings in North Africa?

    Hasn’t happened again, but that’s another one that shouldn’t be forgotten.